Rules on sulphur in maritime fuels to enter into force

An EU directive limiting the sulphur content of maritime fuels to a fraction of current levels from 2015 onwards has been published

The final text of an EU directive limiting the sulphur content of maritime fuels to a fraction of current levels from 2015 onwards has been published.

Member states must “take all necessary measures to ensure” that berthed ships use fuel with a maximum of 0.1% sulphur. Member states must also encourage the provision of onshore power to docked vessels.

The new rules may stimulate a shift by the shipping industry to cleaner fuels such as liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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